A single concert may feature a few bands playing over the course of several hours. Music festivals, on the other hand, are an entirely different sort of event and it's natural that they can feel a little daunting. If concerts are a sprint, music festivals are a marathon.
In addition to all the normal challenges of live music photography, festivals also introduce unpredictable weather, multiple stages, multiple days, and dozens and dozens of acts.
From festivals like Lollapalooza and Coachella and Bonnaroo to local festivals and more, here's the photographer's guide to music festivals.
OK, here's what we should think about:
Preparation and Approach
Photo Pit Etiquette
On-Site Editing and Image Storage
Large Capcity Memory Cards
Photo Editing with a Laptop On-Site
Accessories & Gear
My kit — Cameras and Lenses
Lenses for Festival Photography
70-200mm — Telephoto
24-70mm — Midrange
14-24mm — Ultra-wide
Cameras for Festival Photography
General Photo Tips for Festivals
First 3 Songs
Photographic Approach for Music Festivals
Fans & Atmosphere
Live Music Performances